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One Minute Silence

One Minute Silence are a four-piece band that combines influences from metal, hardcore and rap. The band consists of vocalist Brian 'Yap' Barry[?], guitarist Massimo Fiocco[?], drummer Eddie Stratton[?] and bassist Glen Diani[?]. Although they claim not to be a "political band" -- they are simply "political people" who are also musicians, they say -- the group's lyrics have a political message which can be interpreted as generally anti-capitalist and anarchist.

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The band came together in the early 1990s as Irish vocalist Brian Barry got together with guitarist Chris Ignatiou under the name "Near Death Experience". After working with various rhythm sections[?], they settled with Glen Diani on bass and Eddie Stratton on drums.

The band was forced to change its name because of an American group who shared it, and so they became One Minute Silence. That name, originally intended to be that of a song, was chosen to parody the practice of having a one minute silence[?] as a mark of respect when someone considered "important or well respected" dies. The band felt that that respect was often "misplaced".[1] (http://www.oneminutesilence.com/omsfaq#1)

The band signed a record deal[?] with Big Cat Records[?] in 1997, and released Available In All Colours the following year. Buy Now... Saved Later followed in 2000 after an amicable split with Ignatiou, who was replaced by Massimo, known as Massy. This, their second album, represented a noticeable step in the band's musical progression: the record's production quality and style differed from their debut, for which they used a hip-hop producer.

After circulating a three track demo and signing a recording deal with Taste Media[?], the band started recording sessions for their third album in the autumn of 2002. From live performances and both live and studio recordings, the new material is obviously a further progression; the group is experimenting with various time signatures, such as 7/4, and is using more melody and a greater variation in song structure.

A single, "We Bounce", is set for release on March 31st 2003, with a third album, titled One Lie Fits All[?], following on July 7 2003. According to oneminutesilence.com (http://www.oneminutesilence.com), "[t]his name continues the pattern of manipulating well known marketing slogans in order to present a political statement."[2] (http://www.oneminutesilence.com/newalbum)

Between these releases, One Minute Silence has toured extensively, though the latest tour had to be cancelled. The group's following comes largely from their energetic live shows -- they have been voted Best British Live Act[?] in Kerrang![?].


The band have played in support of:

The following groups have played on the bill of One Minute Silence' headlining tours:


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